There may come a point in your life when your dentist recommends tooth extraction for one or more teeth to improve or protect your oral health. It is normal to feel a bit anxious when this subject is brought up; but the more you familiarize yourself with the procedure, the more comfortable you will become. By learning about tooth extraction, you can be confident that it is the right treatment for you, and hopefully reduce some of your lingering anxiety before your appointment.
Why would a tooth need to be extracted?
Wisdom tooth extraction is the most common extraction procedure performed. Most people do not have adequate room in their mouth to allow for proper growth of the wisdom teeth, and they may cause damage to other teeth if not removed. Having a damaged, or severely compromised tooth, is another good reason to opt for extraction, especially if previous dental work has been performed and the tooth cannot be saved.
Is having a tooth extraction painful?
Although it sounds unpleasant, tooth extraction can be more comfortable than you realize thanks to modern medicine. Most patients will feel a bit of pressure during the procedure, but when your tooth and surrounding gum tissue are adequately numb, you should feel little to no pain. In some instances, it is normal to have minor soreness and swelling for a day or two after the procedure. Be sure to take care of your extraction site as directed to prevent any complications.
What if my wisdom tooth is impacted?
Impacted wisdom teeth are extracted similarly to any other tooth, except they will require an incision and sutures. Typically an impacted tooth is not fully visible above the gum line. Once your mouth is adequately numb, a small incision is made to make the tooth accessible for extraction. After the tooth is removed, a few sutures may be placed to allow for proper healing.
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